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A Little Life

A Little Life

This is the story of four ambitious, talented friends who meet at college, and then move to New York to make their way in the world. Malcolm is a diffident aspiring architect, JB paints acclaimed pictures of his friend, Willem waits tables and auditions for parts and...

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Meadows at Great Dixter and Beyond

Meadows at Great Dixter and Beyond

Meadows: At Great Dixter and Beyond by Christopher Lloyd and Fergus Garrett Pimpernel Press £30 This is a sumptuous new edition of Christopher Lloyd’s classic book on meadows. Starting with the origins of meadows in history, art and literature, Lloyd goes on to...

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The Kindness

The Kindness

The Kindness by Polly Samson Pub Bloomsbury 8.99 At the outset of this assured second novel by Polly Samson we encounter Julian, prematurely aged at only 29, in a state of deep anguish at the loss of his lover, Julia, and their daughter, Mira. He drifts through his...

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The Summer Before the War

The Summer Before the War

Helen Simonson sets her new novel, "The Summer Before the War," in the summer of 1914 when Europe is contemplating the unthinkable – a German invasion of Belgium. In the English seaside town of Rye the residents are agog at the arrival of the new Latin teacher,...

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Tidy

Tidy

A welcome return to longer picture books from Emily Gravett, after her delightful series for toddlers featuring Bear and Hare, 'Tidy' tells the story of Pete the badger, a slightly OCD woodland character who gets a bit carried away when he starts to tidy up the...

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The Year of the Runaways

The Year of the Runaways

Sunjeev Sahota’s first novel Ours Are The Streets gained him a place on the Granta Best of Young British Novelists list of 2013 and this his second novel was longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker prize. Pertinent in view of the situation in Calais and Greece, this novel,...

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Things We Have in Common

Things We Have in Common

Yasmin is fifteen, fat and in her words “a freak”, compulsively drawn to beautiful Alice Taylor whom she feels compelled to protect from afar, with far reaching consequences. An unsettling but at times comic portrayal of an obsession, this debut novel by former film...

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The Butcher’s Hook

The Butcher’s Hook

Anne Jaccob is the daughter of a well-to-do family, though material comforts do nothing to soften a life pinched by misery and neglect. Her father cares nothing for her, her mother is exhausted and absent through her many confinements, and they are all grieving in...

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If You Were Me

If You Were Me

Published last March, this exciting and contemporary thriller follows the fortunes of Dan, a young boy worried that his father is returning to a life of crime, and Aliya, who has escaped with her family from Afghanistan to a run-down housing estate in London and finds...

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I am Henry Finch

I am Henry Finch

Creative collaborators Alexis Deacon and Viviane Schwarz were behind the wonderful ‘A Place to call Home’ plus many other clever picture books. ‘I am Henry Finch’ is a funny and original take on the philosophy of Descartes... 'I Think Therefore I am'. One day, the...

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